Projects 2016-2017

Your projects for this year will be posted on this page.  Keep in mind that these are general project deadlines and information shared by teachers, and you should also review individual teacher pages or calendars for other assignments.

Escape your EOCs!

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:25 AM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 4:20 AM ]

Image result for three keys Your goal for this project is to create an Escape Room that will help you and your peers reviews for your End of Course tests. 

  • Your room must have a theme and a coherent narrative.
  • Your room must last 10-15 minutes long.
  • You can choose one subject or use a mix of subjects.
  • You must address at least five standards.
  • No more than five people in one group.
  • You will create groups based on your language arts class.  
  • Brainstorming: five ideas and two themes. This is classwork grade in LA due on Friday, April 14
  • Justification of standards: You need to explain, in detail, how your project addresses your five standards. It will replace classwork grade in subject area of group focus.
  • Paper playable version as tech grade
  • Final room grade as quiz grade in science and LA based on scoring matrix from rubric

Monday 4/10
    • Kick off in LA 3B Rohrbaugh, 4/11 Kirchner and Freshman Science or LA

    • Look through this awesome website!

    • Each team can choose one subject or a mix but must make a 10-15 minute themed room that can have puzzles of varying degrees of difficulty

Wednesday 4/12
    • Go on the field trip!

    • Homework:

      • Decide what subject area you want to focus on

      • Come with 5 puzzle ideas and 2 theme ideas

Friday 4/14
    • Sophomores will attand junior capstone presentations (sophomores)

Monday 4/17
      1. Create a theme for your escape room
      2. Build a project site and submit here.
      3. Determine about 10 objects that would be in your room (use google images if you need)
      4. Create a storyline for your room. What are they trying to accomplish? What challenges will they have to face?

Wednseday 4/19
    • Sign up for rooms
    • Identify the five standards you will assess and explain how you will address the standard in your puzzles

    • Must assess different five standards minimum, majority of puzzles must be standard related but can have some nonstandard

      • For evaluation, the correct usage of standards will replace a grade in that class (will not be a new grade in the gradebook)

    • Continue planning out your room.
      1. Convert your storyline into a map
      2. Create a puzzle for each challenge in your story map
      3. Develop each puzzle into an assessment of an AKS (to review for EOC)
      4. Make a minimal playable game (paper version of your room)

Friday 4/21
    • Continue to work on making a minimal playable game.
    • Some things to consider: Use props, music, food, etc to develop your theme and enhance your game.
Wednesday, 4/26
    •  Have paper versions playable-- be assessed by an academy time teacher
Friday, 4/28
    • Work on building the actual room
    • Assemble props, puzzles, etc
Wednesday, 5/3
    • Play rooms!
      • You will have 15 minutes to set up your room, 15 minutes for playing, and 15 minutes for takedown.

Sugar Hill Maker Fest 2017!

posted Feb 23, 2017, 3:51 AM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 3:56 AM ]

The Maker Movement is huge, and you're already a part of it!  By creating video games, digital art, inventions, robots and more, YOU are a Maker!  And now it's time to create an event, the first of its kind in north Georgia, to bring makers together at Lanier!

Have you heard of a Maker Faire?  The most recent official faire held in Decatur hosted 30,000 visitors over 2 days, hosting an amazing variety of makers with their ideas, as well as activities where you could learn how to make something.  Well, due to trademark we can't call ours a maker faire, so we are hosting the second annual Sugar Hill Maker Fest!! (insert "ta da" sound here in your mind).

You are going to either BE a maker, and display what you are proud to make 
You will create an activity that teaches someone "how" to make, a "maker teacher" 
(science or math)

Our CDAT11 crew will be organizing the event, our CDAT9 and CDAT10 will be primary makers and maker-teachers, and our CDAT12 will participate as they can (but they have internships, graduation, a lot). 

Your project calendar and deliverables:

Week of February 20:

Wednesday, February 22: Launch the project!

Friday, February 24: Brainstorm at least three ideas and begin creating your proposal. Include ideas and proposal on your team site.


Week of February 27:

Wednesday, March 1:

    1. Commit to an idea. Then  Create and submit team site.
    2. Proposal due end of class on Wednesday (LA grade)


Friday, March 3: Work Day in Academy Time.

    1. Create timeline/calendar and individuals duties (put on site)
    2. Each group will present out your ideas in academy time
    3. “What I did this week” update 

Week of March 6: (no Friday)

Monday, March 6: Look at rendering examples

    1. Dimensions, materials list, and budget due at the end of the class period (math)
    2. Work contract due

Wednesday, March 8: Work Day in Academy Time

"What I did this week” update in tech class due

             Gateway Pullouts-- at least half the period.

Week of March 13

Wednesday, March 15: Work Day in Academy Time

“What I did this week” update in tech class due

Gateway Pullouts-- at least half the period.

Friday, March 17: Peer evaluations (LA grade)

                   Make sure that your booth design and plan for Mini MakerFest are on your team site. 

Week of March 20:

Wednesday, March 22: Last Day to work on projects!

                    Gateway Pep Rally second half of the period

Friday, March 24: Sophomore Gateway brainstorming day

Week of March 27:

Monday, March 28: no Academy time (Gateway!)

     Wednesday, March 30: Mini Makerfest in Commons

MakerFest is April 22

    • Any poster/printout must be made to its full scale in Publisher or Powerpoint or PDF.  A poster is typically 24x36 inches.  Do NOT make it full color background, photographic, etc., keep it mostly white background and simple graphics/text.
    • Email the document to with the subject of "MakerFest Printout"
    • 3D printouts:  these take a LONG time.  Your request should be made to with the email subject "MakerFest 3D Request".  We will make "appointment times" where yours can be printed.  Anyone "skipping the line" without Reilly's permission will not be allowed to have any 3D printout.


posted Jan 5, 2017, 12:46 PM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 6:41 AM ]

Project is due on Friday, February 17 at 9:00am
Turning in your project: Put your video in the Shared Drive
Shared--> Student Work--> Shared--> CDAT Dropboxes--> Soph. Biotehnifunnies Project
**Please verify that your video will play on a school computer before your submit it**
**Please include all group members' names in the title of the video**

For this project, you will be delving into the newest and most exciting current issues in genetics and technology. We want you to develop a deep understanding of a current issue and then create a parody or satire of the issue. 

January 11: 

1. Find an article about a current issue in genetics or technology that interests you. 


Sources to find articles:

2. Build a team site and link your article to your site. Then submit your team site here

3. Read the article and do any background research to help you understand the article. We want you to develop a solid, in-depth understanding of the issue. Answer the following questions and add them to your team site. 

Task                                            Due Date

Find and read your article                January 11

Build and submit a team site             January 11

Answer the questions about article     January 13 (put on site)

Explanation of satire                        January 13 (put on site)

Storyboard/script                           January 20 (put on site)

Peer revision day                           January 27 (presentation in class)

Rough cut/preview                          February 1-8 (presentation to a teacher)

Presentation Date                           February 17

Final product: Create a video that satirizes the scientific issue in your article-- or see your tech teacher if you have a different final product idea.

Group size: 2-3 people

Pick Your Poison

posted Oct 4, 2016, 12:11 PM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 3:36 AM ]

Image result for cell     Image result for gwinnett county science fair       Image result for relay for life play v. cancer
For this project, you will have three choices. We want you to delve into the project that you find the most meaningful--whether it is fighting cancer, competing in the science fair, or enriching your STEM understanding.

Choice 1: Model a Cell to Scale
            Deliverables include:
                Research Paper  -- due Friday, October 21
                Blueprint of cell  -- due Friday, October 21
                Model of cell -- due Friday, November 11

Choice 2: Enter the Science Fair
            Deliverables include:
                Research Topic /Annotated Bibliography (minimum of five resources) -- due Tuesday, October 18
                Introduction  -- due Friday, October 21
                Research Plan including Timeline and Material and Methods -- due Friday, November 11

The following links will help you to prepare your project ideas, see past Gwinnett County Regional Winners as well as other supports.

Choice 3: Create a Play v. Cancer Game-- for the Play v. Cancer event on February 20
            Deliverables include:
                Research Paper    -- due Friday, October 21
                Storyboard and Game that is 75% completed  -- due Friday, October 21
                Playable Game-- due Friday, November 11

Groups: No more than two. Your partner needs to be in your tech class.  
(Except for science fair-- no more than three, partner does not have to be in your technology class). 

Wednesday, October 5        Launch the Project
                                          Submit Team Site
                                          Determine which project you are going to do and who you are going to work with
Friday, October 7                  Research and outlining            

Tuesday, October 11           Research Paper Outline Due (LA teacher will check in class on Wednesday)
Wednesday, October 12          Write Research Paper and work on storyboard/cell blueprint
Friday, October 14                 Finish and edit research paper and work on storyboard/cell blueprint
Wednesday, October 19          PSAT-- no academy time -- work in tech classes
Friday, October 21              Research Paper / Annotated Bibliography Due at midnight (LA/Science grade)
                                          Math Model/Storyboard/Science Fair Introductions Due (Present in class)

Wednesday, October 26          Work on cell models and games
Friday, October 28              Presentations! Working Cell Model / Playable game Due (Present in class)

Wednesday, November 8        Finishing touches and editing-- make it perfect!
Friday, November 11            Presentations! Final Cell Model / Final Game / Final Science Fair Plan Due 


posted Aug 18, 2016, 3:47 AM by Naomi Kirchner   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 3:59 AM ]

  1. 1.
    the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
  2. 2.
    the political movement that seeks to protect the environment, especially from pollution.

For your first project, you are going to get real. There are so many ecological issues that a "maker" spirit can tackle.

Here's the challenge:

Your goal is to come up with a concept that will address an ecological issue. We're not raising awareness; we're actually solving problems-- and making money! Your final project must be a presentation of a concept just like you would find on a video and live presentation that make the case for the need you are addressing and the solution concept you are proposing.

Need more realistic? How about real investors, which we have done before in CDAT, to back your idea to the next level? You don't need to know every detail of your solution, but you have to make a strong argument that it has potential, and you could have a business partner on top of great grades!

You must demonstrate mastery of one core biology or chemistry AKS and tech/engineering AKS. You will also receive writing and presentation grades in language arts.

It's pretty easy to find issues, actually:

Here are the requirements:
  • A concept that addresses an ecological issue
  • A 60 second promotional video
  • A pitch deck to be used in a live presentation (What is a pitch deck?)

Here's more inspiration:

Dual Flush Toilet

Cell Phone Operated Tractor

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